Wallpaper Removal – What were they Thinking?
Wallpaper Removal Techniques – If you have ever had the pleasure of trying to remove wallpaper, I can almost promise you would have had that thought at some point during your struggle. When you think of wallpaper, most of us conjure up images of terrible floral patterns with even worse colour schemes that most of our parents homes in Hamilton and Burlington area were completely covered with. Not to mention, the pain staking agony it takes to remove that stubborn stuff in order to make those walls look presentable again.
Whether you are staging your home for resale, or just purchased a “fixer-upper” and you have wallpaper in your home here’s what you need to know to make that stuff a thing of the past. First off, you need to determine the number of layers of wallpaper on your walls. Sometimes there is a not so welcome surprise after you have taken off the first layer of the wallpaper! In that case maybe it will be better to contact one of your local wallpaper removal contractors!
Here are a few of the tools you will need once you decide to Remove Wallpaper:
- putty knives, scrapers
- paper tiger (can be purchased at most paint stores to scour and perforate the top layer of paper)
- Dif Wallpaper Removal Solution ( Or any wallpaper removal products)
- sponges, rags, a mop and bucket along lots of garbage bags
- drop sheets, tarps & plastic
Once you get the first layer of paper off, you will find a brown or yellow looking paper layer that has the glue on the back that is what is holding the pattern to the wall. You will want to soak this and let it sit as much as possible. Using a steamer for wallpaper removal can be a great deal of help as well which really helps the glue to release its hold on the wall. If you are skilled enough, you would be able to remove the wallpaper in large sections from floor to ceiling. This, however is not easy to do. Most people will find that the wallpaper rips and tears and comes off in tiny little pieces, which makes for a long and tedious project. Carter Painting can help you for any project related to Wallpaper Removal in Hamilton and Burlington.
After you have removed all of the wallpaper from drywall, you will have to go through the entire surface of all the walls and ensure you haven’t missed any spots like in the corners and up high close to the ceilings. When you can no longer see any visible signs of paper, you should be ready to paint now right? Wrong! You still need to clean all of the glue off of the walls completely before and painting can begin. This is a critical step in the process that will return poor quality results if not executed properly.
How to remove wallpaper glue from drywall
Because the wallpaper glue is a water-based product, it reacts with the latex paint when not fully removed and causes a really nasty chemical reaction. It is imperative that when removing wallpaper, all of the walls in the affected areas are cleaned thoroughly to avoid this unsightly problem. After the walls are cleaned, the next step is to seal them with an oil based or alkyd primer. It is very important not to use a latex or water based primer at this stage of the game as if you have not fully removed all of the glue residue, you will experience the chemical reaction and your walls will look brutal.
Wow, sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? Well, in truth it really is, but if you have the time to dedicate to this project and the patience to not rush the preparation, it is a job that most people can do themselves. Once you have completed the application of the oil primer on all your walls, you are now ready to give them a good sanding and start plastering all the drywall dings and dents. This can be minimal or substantial depending on the condition of your walls before the wallpaper was applied, and the methods you used to remove the previous wall covering. Using a putty knife or scraper to remove wallpaper for an inexperienced person can cause significant damage to the drywall underneath.
If you were gentle, you may not have too much patching to do, otherwise you may have to skim coat the walls in order to repair most of the damage. After you plaster and sand the walls again, you are ready to prime all the repaired areas. After cleaning up all of the drywall dust and wallpaper debris you are finally ready to apply some new colour to those walls. Two coats of your favourite colour and you’re on your way. We recommend using Sherwin William’s Opulence Matte for the best overall durability and appearance.
Removing old wallpaper and re-painting a room can be a very rewarding experience. There is a great sense of gratification that comes from doing it yourself. There is no substitute for hard work, and patience on a job like this, but if you are determined to do a great job, nothing can stand in your way. I hope you have found this post helpful, now get out there and make something beautiful!
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